Sunday, February 11, 2018

Believe in Kindness

A fourteen year old Miami teen named Daniela Ludmir developed a beautiful idea. In a world where social media has the power to propel a concept to the point that it goes viral, why does Believe in Kindness not have more exposure?

Believe in Kindess stems from the desire to help, uplift and heal the spirit. This remarkable girl founded the organization to help spread kindness. Today, the foundation also assists underprivileged pediatric cancer patients.

The concept is driven by knitting kits. When you order your kit, you receive the items seen below: yarn, knitting needle, and puff paint. You knit a yellow circle, apply the puff paint and turn it into a a cheerful emoji (instructional video down below). The kit also contains a kindness note that you will fill out with encouraging words. Once finished, you will mail it back to the foundation. Upon receipt, your smiley face gets sewn onto a beanie and provides jobs to women in Peru who work to craft the beanies. The finished product is then given to sick kids. 

Miami Charities

helping pediatric cancer patients

pediatric cancer organizations
If you're a South Florida local interested in volunteering, you can contact the organization.  Be on the lookout for group classes (referred to as Knitting Stories within the organization) where you will be able to create the smiley faces in an assembly style setting.

To see a step-by-step tutorial on how to knit the smiley face, see the below YouTube video:

The concept is pure and simple at its core: spread love by your actions.  No matter how small the feat,  you can help someone heal and make a difference in their life. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018


The best days are the days when you arrive home after a long day at work and Urban Decay sends you their latest launch. The day gets even better when you realize that it's the a collab which features one of your fave beauty bloggers, Kristen Leanne.

The launch:
The collection is vibrant, bright and bold, but also has something for the more subtle makeup lover. The Daydream palette is a matte shadow palette with great neutrals. The surprisingly perfect shade is 12/12, a coral sherbert that can be both a crease and lid shade. Eight is slightly patchy but once worked into the crease, blended after a bit. Lucy is an overall setting shade. Subscribe is my favorite blending shade.

The Kaleidescope palette is super pigmented. It contains a combination of matte, shimmers and two holographic shades (Leo & Brixton,) that completely transform the look of the shadows. The eyeshadows are very soft and creamy, with amazing color payoff.

The packaging is absolutely worth mentioning - making every aspect of this collection display-worthy. The pictures below speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy this post!  I'll be posting some looks with the collection in a separate post!
Keep reading for full swatches of the entire collection and take a look at the video I filmed, previewing the launch.  

Kristen Leanne x Urban Decay Kaleidescope Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Kristen Leanne x Urban Decay Kaleidescope Eyeshadow Palette

Sunday, January 7, 2018


I snapped some outfit shots of what I wore during our recent trip to DC. All product details linked below. Stay warm!!
DC Style
Botkier Cobble Hill Crossbody: a beautiful vibrant yellow. The bag has interchangeable sporty straps that come with it, as well as replacement pulls. Zippered inner compartment and storage flaps. Magnetic snap flap. Really cute and pulls any look together. Get it here in a beautiful coral color.

Poncho via Poshmark - the seller is Tres Chic Chica. Poncho still available. Can't beat the price. It's very warm and soft, too. Loved this piece.

Purple snow hat: via ASOS. It's SUPER soft (chenille), but to be honest, it was not that durable as the loops kept undoing and coming out. Try this chic headband, instead or this beanie. 

Asos Analise Leather Chelsea Boots. SAVED my trip. These were very comfortable. They are perfect for traveling, when you're walking a lot. They have a rugged heel and keep your feet snug and warm. Love the deep burgundy color, too. Highly recommend. 
detachable fur collar
Let's take a second to talk about my white, wool coat by Mackage. It's the most beautiful winter piece I own. Worth every cent. Heavy, and incredibly warm and stylish. Their winter-wear is gorgeous. Check out this one, as well as this one.

MissGuided Faux Suede Biker jacket, in multiple colors. Softest and most chic. Ridiculous sale price. Check, check, check!

Asos New Look studded booties. Can't beat these. Gold studs and a beautiful raspberry color.

Ann Taylor Faux Fur Collar. I love this because of its versatility. It's also reversible and has a beautiful brocade pattern on the flip side. This one from Banana is navy blue, and on sale for $20!

Also wearing this sweater dress (great layering piece), and these tights.
More outfits after the link!

Monday, December 11, 2017


Sulwhasoo: for the skincare junkie in your life. Sulwhasoo is the pioneer line for ginseng based, anti-aging cosmetics. It is centered around Korean herbal medicine. It was developed in 1966 with the advent of Sulwhasoo Ginseng Creme. As we all know, ginseng has beneficial health properties when ingested, it makes sense that it should also be included as an active ingredient in skincare. This is the Sulwhassoo line. Not many aspects of ginseng are left untouched when it comes to this line, they utilize everything from the roots, stem, leaves, and blossom
The First Care line features some of the most popular of Sulwhasoo products. All First Care items are infused with the JAUM Balancing Complex. 5 major ingredients, Solomon's Seal, Peony, White Lily, Rehmannia, and Sacred Lotus, were all selected to create a line that balances your skin.

They're highly rated products but perhaps the most sought after item is First Care Activating Serum EX (also available on Amazon). It balances the skin, reduces redness and adds hydration for plumping fine lines. It contains licorice, used to brighten the skin, although I myself haven't noticed any fading in brown spots. I use it on my face, eyes, neck and chest. You are to warm the product up in the palms of your hands, then gently pat it into your skin.
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum Ex
Not to be outdone in the cushion compact department, they also have a range to offer consumers. The Sulwhasoo Perfect Cushion Intense Compact makes for a beautiful gift because of the luxe packaging. Even the detailing on the foil covering is pretty.  Infused in the makeup are anti-agin and skin firming properties. The downside is the very limited shade range. It contains SPF50, which is amazing for a foundation, cushion compact. This is not full coverage (I don't know of any that are), but it can be built up, and leaves a demi-matte glow to the skin. 
Sulwhasoo Perfect Cushion Intense Compact:

Friday, December 8, 2017


Today, I'm featuring the Cover FX Perfect Highlighting Palette, a perfect gift for the statement making girl on your list, who loves to sport bold makeup.  It's currently on sale for 50% off. Shipping is free and you don't have to sign up for their e-mails or register as as user on their website. You can also checkout using Paypal. Cue emoji of dancing cabaret twins.

The palette itself is a sleek rosegold, mirrored compact. It's got significant weight to it and feels sturdy. There are six multi-use powders in the compact. The shades are Blossom, Prism, Rose Gold, Golden Peach, Celestial, and Gilded.

Gift idea for makeup lover
Holiday gift idea for a makeup lover
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